There is no better time to celebrate the progress that’s been made within health IT than now, as we celebrate National Public Health Week. This week, technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs) and telehealth, and programs such as the 500 cities project, are recognized as key enablers of improved patient outcomes. In our latest health IT roundup, we recognize some of the latest technologies and health IT trends that make it possible for us to create the healthiest nation in one generation as we celebrate National Public Health Week. Continue reading to find out what they are.
How Can Electronic Health Records Improve Public Health Outcomes?
There is not doubt electronic health records (EHRs) are improving public and population health outcomes, and EHRs should not go unnoticed as we celebrate National Public Health Week. By efficiently collecting data in a form that can be shared across multiple health care organizations and leveraged for quality improvement and prevention activities, EHRs can improve public health reporting and surveillance, give organizations greater ability to prevent disease, and expand communication between health care providers and public health officials. Read here to find out more about how EHRs are improving public health outcomes.
Hyper-Local Data Impacts Public Health
Many believe you must “think big” when it comes to healthcare, but Oktawia Wojcik PhD, but program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sees things a little differently. Wojcik oversees the 500 Cities Project, a partnership between RWJF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CDC Foundation, which was established last year. The program offers cities and neighborhoods across the U.S. the information that will help them make better decisions on allocating funds to target key areas of public health, spanning behaviors, outcomes and prevention. With it being National Public Health Week, there is no better time to find out more about the program here.
Importance of Telehealth Celebrated during National Public Health Week
Earlier this week, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Penn State Hershey Stroke Center Co-Director Dr. Ray Reichwein recognized National Public Health Week by demonstrating a simulated telehealth appointment in the Capitol. Telehealth is improving patient care around the globe by allowing doctors to reach patients no matter where they live. It has been used to treat stroke patients, a myriad of viruses, mental health related illnesses, and so much more. You can read the full story here.
Value-Based Care is here to Stay
Don’t expect politics to derail population health; instead, it’s the financial implications, IT infrastructure, provider readiness and cultural readiness that can make or break population health, healthcare leaders said at the Pop Health Forum in Boston on Monday. While the healthcare industry remains in flux, speakers at the Pop Health Forum agreed that population health and value-based care are here to stay. Read the full story here.